We have more exciting news regarding the HALO Childcare Center! Both Stephanie Kober, our Family Program Director, and Katie Svendson, our Childcare Manager, will be featured presenters at the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth’s (NAEHCY) annual conference in Phoenix, Arizona this November. The NAEHCY were so impressed with HALO’s model that they asked Stephanie and Katie to speak about the program, in order to see if other homeless shelters could replicate HALO’s success.
The NAEHCY is a national membership association dedicated to educational excellence for children and youth experiencing homelessness. Their conference each fall is designed to provide professional development and networking opportunities for roughly 1,000 attendees. They suggest that homeless liaisons, service providers, educators, community leaders, advocates, legislators, and everyone who is passionate and dedicated to education providing a path out of homelessness consider attending.
Stephanie and Katie will be giving a presentation entitled: Assisting Children and Families Living in Poverty Through a High Quality Group Child Care. According to Stephanie, ” Quality early childhood education should be available to all children, regardless of economic background. Our 5-star quality rated program, located inside a homeless shelter, is open to children experiencing homeless, and those in the public. Our inclusive approach takes quality to its true meaning for each child. We will explore what is needed to establish quality child care programming for families experiencing homelessness, including lessons that can be applied to new or existing programs in communities to ensure that every child receives the highest quality, most fulfilling learning opportunities available.”